Wailin’ Jennys

"​Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House"

(Shock); Roots

By ​Phil ​Bennett

The Wailin’ Jennys are a three piece female vocal group from Canada, big on folksy Americana and close knit harmonies. Featuring a well-crafted combination of spiralling voices, scraping fiddles, plucked banjos and driving acoustic guitars, this live set captures the outfit on a fresh high as they welcome newcomer Heather Masse into the fold.

There’s a nicely balanced song selection, with uptempo songs offset with bittersweet ballads and moody medium paced numbers.
Highlights include a sensually charged Summertime, which is performed acapella, the harmony lines wispy and rising like smoke from a distant chimney, and the Celtic footstomp of Deeper Well which opens the show.

Stage chatter is interesting and intimate, providing some relaxed explanations of some of the songs’ sources, while the performances themselves are slick and smooth with a healthy dash of naïve excitement.

Buoyant and down to earth, this is a charming listen and is a fine example of the outfit’s beautiful harmony singing.

A laid back delight.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.